Cache SD locks down after mother sends death threats to her children
Police here say a mother who sent her children death threats is responsible for
the two-hour lockdown at all Cache schools today.
Donna Kimmel says a girl notified the school after she received a phone call
from her mother saying she was going to come to the school and kill her and her
Police say they
pinged the phone that the threat came from and it turns out the mother was in Kansas at the time.
out! I want to go home. What's going on?," were the thoughts running through
MaKayla Gordon's head as she sat for two hours in her seventh grade classroom.
"Right then I
was thinking of my brothers and sisters … but I didn't know what they were
doing, I didn't know where they were," says Gordon.
While she was
in school, her mom and other parents were waiting outside in a panic.
"I don't know
why stuff like this happens, I mean I am concerned about the safety of my
children," said Mrs. Gordon.
"You want to
know is there a fire? Is there a tornado? Is there a bomb threat? I mean what's
going on?," said Cory Hood, who said the school district could have worked to
release more information to parents.
Chief Kimmel says
when it came time to put the school on lockdown, they weren't going to take any chances.
"We had some
alleged threats made, not really against the school as much as a couple
students in the school ... nobody was ever on the campus, we never had the
person we are looking for anywhere near the school grounds," said Kimmel.
was lifted shortly before 3 p.m. Students coming out of school said there was
an uneasy feeling among classmates inside.
hoping nobody would try to break-in to the school or anything and try to kill
us," said Laticia Murrow, a high school student.
She says she's happy
this situation did not escalate to something more severe.
"It kind of
made me scared, because I wouldn't want anybody to get hurt or anything, that
would be really bad," said Murrow.
There were more
than 20 officers on campus and the situation was kept under control, according
to police on scene.
didn't ever feel at any point in time they were in any risk or jeopardy…," said
Police will be
back at the school tomorrow to collect statements from students and staff
members. As of now, they are waiting until the mother returns to the area to
speak with her.